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W Retreat & Spa Bali - Seminyak
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Jl. Petitenget, Seminyak, Kerobokan, Seminyak, Bali 80361, Indonesia   |  
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“simply wow just fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2011

my wife and myself have just spent 23 nights here and it has been the best hotel we have stayed at in all our many years of travelling , the hotel is funky in its design , the rooms are generous and very well appointed , the food is to die for under the direction of IAN LOVIE director of cuisine ,we dined at the hotel everyday for all meals and the food was just sensational at the fire restaurant with great flavours and tastes and very stylish presentations the food was excellent , we had many spa treatments at their away spa which has to be one of the best spa's we have been to , the staff were just great and friendly and the treatments were carried out by well trained professional staff , we spent many a night at the resorts trendy woo bar enjoying cool drinks with just the best staff you could imagine they were friendly happy and really made the effort to ensure that you were having a good time it was a highlight of our stay , if you want someware to stay and like to have a good time surrounded by staff that are happy to have you there then this is the place to go WOW they really look after you

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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W_Bali_Seminyak, General Manager at W Retreat & Spa Bali - Seminyak, responded to this review, August 29, 2011
Hello bapakibuosullivan!

I love your Tripadvisor handle almost as much as I love your review. It was such a pleasure meeting you and I believe I can count you to be a loyal W Ambassador. Thank you for your kind words and you’re right, Chef Ian’s food is to die for…this is motivation for anyone to go to SWEAT, just so you can eat more! To stay in W Bali for 23 days means you’ve become part of the family. We hope we get the chance to welcome you back soon.

Warm wishes,
Craig Seaward
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

The new W is grand, magnificent but unfortunately not Bali in any way. Rooms are good, restaurants are sort of average (prices are simply outrageous eg nasi goreng for well over Rp200.000 - 15 times the price of the real good stuff just outside the front entrance), and service is okay but all in all it could be a hotel anywhere in the world. If you are coming to Bali for anything approaching a Bali/Indonesian experience then the W is not for you. Next time we will head for a hotel that is real. It was out mistake cos we fell into the trap og being over impressed by he website. By the way the beach in front of the hotel is renowned as quite dangerous - be careful.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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W_Bali_Seminyak, General Manager at W Retreat & Spa Bali - Seminyak, responded to this review, August 15, 2011
Hello denpasar52,

I appreciate you taking the time to post your review. We are glad that you appreciated the facilities. In regards to design - we have taken the inspiration from traditional Balinese mythology and juxtaposed with W Hotels energy and dynamic aesthetics. We have put our own twist to the Bali W Experience.

You are right, we do advise guests not to swim in front of our Retreat as the rip is quite strong. However, our WET area is an ideal alternative.

Please contact me if you like to share more input. gm.craig.seaward@whotels.com

Warm wishes,
Craig Seaward
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

A holiday, is a holiday is a holiday...unless you stay at The W Seminyak, and then it's a WOW experience that leaves you wanting to move in for good and relax in the lap of luxury..I wish...sadly I'm still working to earn a living! My husband and I spent nine days in this glorious hotel and it lived up to the W brand expectation, plus more. The staff were nothing short of fabulous, friendly and fashionable....and I mean each and every one we met. The facility is nothing short of the type of fabulous that makes you really feel like you are on the set of some glamorous movie. The background (low volume) music just adds to the atmosphere, as do the sunset drinks and DJs at night, the beautiful restaurants, the golf buggies to the front gate, the fully equipped gym and the out of this world spa. I cannot fault this hotel, and am ready to book our next adventure. This makes Bali seriously good fun - as relaxing and glam as you want it to be - and seriously, a WOW WOW WOW experience! Try it for yourself! Julie and James xoxo

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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W_Bali_Seminyak, General Manager at W Retreat & Spa Bali - Seminyak, responded to this review, August 15, 2011
Hello Julie & James,

My day gets better reading reviews like this – thank you! The team will be happy to hear these comments. I’m trying to decipher what was your favourite part, but I will just have to ask you and James next time you are back! Hopefully this is sooner rather than later. Thanks again for the WOW review!

Warm Wishes,
Craig Seaward
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2011

We've reading so much about this resort on tripadvisor before we give it a go. I've been wanting to visit a W (due to the toiletries~Bliss) and finally my hubby n i decided to give it a go at W Bali, for a babymoon before i get too heavy to travel.

The first impression at the lobby was awesome, with the sounds of wind chimes in the lobby, sea view and beautiful trees and sofas w colourful cushions. Unfortunately the resort was really busy and they were sort of understaffed and we had to wait more than an hr for our room. However the lady at the reception did try to make us comfortable by offering us welcome drinks and got us a nice corner to chill out a bit (it was really hot).

the pool was great, ~large and they hv a few small jaccuzzi corners surrounding the pool.

room was excellent! WOW!! though we had to walk a bit far to reach the room, but it was really a surprised. i mentioned that we're there for babymoon, i guess the hotel management must hv misunderstood that we're bringing a baby along and they prepared a bottle sterilizer, warmer n a cute cot w some baby shampoo in it!! The bathroom was also awesome, w a huge tub and skylight. a little let down is the water pressure though, which was just abit low ... which is well compensated by the Bliss toileteries they provide so generously!!

There were a few restaurants at the resort, and all were of high standards with good food and drinks! The buffet brekkie at The Fire was also very special whereby we could choose our own mug of various sizes and designs from the rack, giving it an extra personal touch. Eventhough there wasn't a huge variety from the buffet, there is a special ala carte menu from which one could order from freely, with a good range of yummy cuisine prepared on request. All the members of the staff were very pleasant and friendly, even though some of the waiters looked new to the job, they were all polite and tried their best in helping.

Food from The Starfish Bloo was really good, w yummy dessert, must try! the portion is rather small though.

The beach from the hotel offer a good stroll , though it's not advisable to swim there due to the strong waves.

The spa n gym looks cool, but did not go for the spa as i was 5 mths pregnant. and it wasnt a Bliss spa by the way...

All in all, the experience at the resort was great, though it's a bit too costly. We might consider to return if we find a good deal one day :)

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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W_Bali_Seminyak, General Manager at W Retreat & Spa Bali - Seminyak, responded to this review, September 26, 2011
Hello Varnteing,

What a great way to spend a babymoon! If you’re going to do it, do it in style. The Bliss amenities are fantastic even with all the choices of Balinese amenities. The reason we do not have a Bliss Spa is because we are a Retreat as opposed to a city W and the Retreats have the AWAY Spas. It sounds like there was plenty to do for you and I think by now your little one has arrived, so CONGRATULATIONS!

All the best,
Craig Seaward
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2011

Just spent time @ the W.. the rooms are fantastic and well equipped. The architecture is great and the service is world class. The gym is excellent and the Nasi Goreng at FIRE was innovative and well priced for a 5 star.

The real let down for this hotel is it's disconnection from the soul of bali. I may be speaking out of turn however after 20 years of travel to Bali I would say a completely new traveller to Bali could exist within the W, visit a few of the top restaurants, call it done and miss out on the essence of the place.

Spend time @ the W, it's a wonderful addition to the area although don't make it your only stop.. there's much to experience on this wondering island.

Room Tip: ocean view rooms are worth the extra $50
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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W_Bali_Seminyak, General Manager at W Retreat & Spa Bali - Seminyak, responded to this review, August 15, 2011
Hello mekanoid,

Thank you for staying with us and posting your review. I have shared your great comments with the team. You are right, Bali is such a mystical island and there really is so much to experience. With our location, it is a nice center point for all destinations in Bali. We do hope you return, even if it is for the Nasi Goreng!

Warm Wishes,
Craig Seaward
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2011

We spent 2 nights at the W in Seminyak Bali, and the hotel is very well located just a sort distance away from Potato Head and a short cab ride away from the main eating/shopping street of Seminyal. Cabs are easily available and cheap.

We stayed in the ocean facing room which had a lovely view but I think given that you're in Bali, one should indulge in the more elaborate local Balinese Villas for the same if not less amount of $.

The W chain lived up to its reputation, good spread of variety at breakfast, lovely drinks at the pool and bar but again if one visits Bali, it would not be the complete experience unless one lives in a nice Balinese Villa which is too beautiful and hard to comprehend in words.

Overall a lovely stay but overpriced for a place like Bali where competition is steep with a wide variety of even lovelier spas and villas available. We also went for the midnight promotion at the Away Spa, the first Spa operate 24/7 and althouh an interesting chic concept, again not quite worth the pricetag.

We moved on to the Alila villas after 2 nights in the W and I have to say the villa experience was what completed the Bali experience!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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W_Bali_Seminyak, General Manager at W Retreat & Spa Bali - Seminyak, responded to this review, August 15, 2011
Hello hayhayz,

Thank you for posting your review. The view from the Ocean Facing Retreats is lovely and you just never get sick of it. It is nice that you complemented your stay with villas. Were you able to check out the villas at W? They are very private, spacious and all have pools. Let us know when you are coming back and if you want to give them a try. reservations.wbali@whotels.com

Warm Wishes,
Craig Seaward
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2011

Cannot fault Staff - amazing people & so very friendly!
Cannot fault facilities of resort, it has everything and more and heaps of it!
The resort is large enough to not feel over crowded and there are plently of areas to get personal space.
The rooms & all fittings & features are luxury - great quality and very very comfortable, heaps of room to move around. Oh and the BOSE sound system in the room...amazing!
All tours and any info required can be obtained from the Welcome desk, which made it very easy to get around for a first time visitor like myself.
Accommodation rates may be higher than others but definately worth every dollar.
Day spa was awesome!
Special thanks to the house keeping staff who always managed to clean up after our mess each day. I was amazed at the detail of their cleaning & tiding up!
Only con:
menu at restaurants are not designed for the fussy eater. I found it hard to get a "simple" dish but outside the resort, there are heaps of other places to grab a meal.
Well done guys, a top place to stay and will definately be back & recommended to all.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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W_Bali_Seminyak, General Manager at W Retreat & Spa Bali - Seminyak, responded to this review, August 15, 2011
Hello fromFNQ,

Well that is just a fantastic review, thank you! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at W Bali and I will be sure to pass along your nice comments to the relevant departments, especially Style (Housekeeping).

We do look forward to welcoming you back and when we do, we’ll whip up something in simple for you!

Warm wishes,
Craig Seaward
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Address: Jl. Petitenget, Seminyak, Kerobokan, Seminyak, Bali 80361, Indonesia
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Location: Indonesia > Bali > Seminyak
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#1 Business Hotel in Seminyak
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Seminyak
#11 Family Hotel in Seminyak
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#19 Spa Hotel in Seminyak
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Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — W Retreat & Spa Bali - Seminyak 5*
Number of rooms: 237
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